When you’re looking into buying a house, there are lists and lists out there of things to watch out for, things to look for, location, no major damages or issues with the roof or foundation, etc. A smart and savvy home buyer will read these lists because they do offer great food for thought, but there is one more list to consider. If you are buying your first home, or your second, or third home, there is a more general list that should be taken into consideration. And that is: what about the home itself makes you think or feel that you want to live in it for years to come. The aesthetics of the home, the floor plan, how many bedrooms, which direction does the living room window face or just that feeling you get when you walk into a house, does it feel like home? Check out one more list and then contact Brian & Cindy Real Estate. We will find the house that you will make a home.

dreamstime_xxl_6605813The Right Size

The number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the square footage is an important consideration. It might seem counterintuitive, but thinking about how easily a house can be sold is one way to think about whether a house is right for you. A common number of bedrooms is three to four; because two bedrooms is typically for single couples that don’t have children and five bedrooms is generally for larger families, maybe with children and grandparents living there. If you have children or are planning on having kids, the number of bedrooms is essential in your decision. Two bathrooms is fairly common, or one and a half, but just one bathroom leaves families who want a master bath looking for more. Square footage is also important. A larger house will cost more for energy, but too small and the home will only fit a specific type of family. If you are planning on expanding (the house or your family) 1,000 to 2,000 square feet allows for enough space and room to grow. In the end, always buy property that you can grow into if you need to.

Curb Appeal

If you close your eyes and think of the home of your dreams, does it have a long driveway or a short one, does it have trees in the front? What kind of siding does it have: brick, stone or traditional siding? Where is the garage located? Is there a front porch? Landscaping is something that can be changed, you can plant a tree or some bushes and you can make small changes to the house itself like adding shutters to the windows. But you can’t change the character of the home without extensive renovations. When buying a house, the curb appeal is the first thing you see, the first thing that you fall in love with or instantly makes you want to drive away.

dreamstime_6641494The Insides

Just like curb appeal, you want to fall in love with the interior of the home as soon as you step foot inside. Some people want a staircase when you walk inside, others want a mudroom. Some home buyers want an open kitchen, others want some separation in between rooms. When buying a house, the flow of the space inside the home will have a lasting impact on your life inside the home. Kids will want to run around in circles in homes that have a circular flow from the kitchen to the living room to the dining room. Or they will always want to run down the hallway that leads from the living room to the bedrooms. If there are stairs in the home, keep in mind that it’s easy to trip over books or gloves left behind on the stairs, but also make a great space to hang family pictures. Is there a doggy door that leads outside? Where are you going to put your Christmas tree?

When buying a house, always look at the roof, the plumbing and the insulation, because that’s what someone who is buying property should do. But when you’re driving up to a house for the first time, take a moment to take it all in. Look around and get a feeling for it before you even go inside and start analyzing whether or not the toilet that won’t flush is a deal breaker. Then walk inside and imagine yourself walking into a home that you’ve owned for years. If you can feel yourself hanging up your coat without any effort, it could be a good fit. When you need help finding a house and potentially buying a house, call Brian & Cindy. We are here for you every step of the way. We can even help you decide where to put the Christmas tree.